Thanks for sharing, TeacherCass. Though I'm not at the same place in life as you are, I am a teacher (now librarian) and a mother of adult children, so I know what it is like to juggle work and little ones. I am now a beginning teacher mentor and am reminded daily of what it is like to be the new kid in town and have no seniority in the system. I know that brings on a new set of stresses.
As for exercising with your 2 year old "helper." I recall using my little ones as weights. They were my resistance with leg lifts, bicep curls, and even a form of overhead presses. They had a blast and the more they grew, the more difficult the workout became. Toddler exercising isn't exactly the same as other workouts, but I highly encourage you to give it a try if you haven't already. I can promise you some memories that you'll always cherish.
As for losing the 10 pounds again, I encourage you to share your Spark journey with your new friends. I've been at or below goal for 6 months now, and have discovered that when I tell others that I'm somewhat addicted to sugar and that I need to try to avoid "falling off the wagon," most people relate and put no more pressure on me. You might find a similar strategy that works.
Edited by: FIT-AT-50 at: 2/22/2010 (20:20)
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